Police patrols and checkpoints were set up on major routes, as the regional took decisive measures to control the spread of coronavirus over the weekend bank holiday period.
Travel within the Valencian region is also severely restricted, with only the Castellon, Valencia and Alicante provinces remaining open to each other during the same period.
Regional President, Ximo Puig announced the measures, as a result of an alarming rise in infections over the last week, both within the Valencian Communidad, but especially in other regions such as Madrid.
“Although we have one of the best incidence rates,” said Puig, “due to the inaction and confusion that some regional governments are generating, we had no choice,” clearly referring to the Madrid region’s reluctance to close their borders for the upcoming holiday weekend.
Other localised restrictions have been put in place in Elche, Orihuela, Elda, Petrer, Pinoso and most of the Vega Baja region limiting capacity in hospitality venues and social and sports activities.
Within these particular municipalities, bars, restaurants and retail stores will only be able to occupy a third of their capacity indoors and 50% on terraces.
The new restrictions, described by the president as “fine surgery”, are in addition to those adopted by the Generalitat Valencia last weekend for the entire territory of the Community.
These include an overnight curfew midnight and 6am in the morning and a limit of six people in meetings, both in public and private spaces, between people who do not live together, measures which have been in operation for the past week.